Cationic Polymerization of Vinyl Ethers Controlled by Visible Light. Academic Article uri icon


  • Photoinitiated cationic polymerizations are widely used in industrial processes; however, gaining photocontrol over chain growth would expand the utility of these methods and facilitate the design of novel complex architectures. We report herein a cationic polymerization regulated by visible light. This polymerization proceeds under mild conditions: a combination of a metal-free photocatalyst, a chain-transfer agent, and light irradiation enables the synthesis of various poly(vinyl ether)s with good control over molecular weight and dispersity as well as excellent chain-end fidelity. Significantly, photoreversible cation formation in this system enables efficient control over polymer chain growth with light.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

altmetric score

  • 5.35

author list (cited authors)

  • Kottisch, V., Michaudel, Q., & Fors, B. P

citation count

  • 128

complete list of authors

  • Kottisch, Veronika||Michaudel, Quentin||Fors, Brett P

publication date

  • December 2016